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Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s: #10 Beyonce “Crazy in Love”

Posted by Nathan S. on 12/10/09 | Filed under Features, Beyonce, Best of the 2000s
Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s
With the number 10 pick of our "Top 25 of the 2000s" countdown, and are proud to select...Beyonce's "Crazy in Love"!

In 2003 Beyonce wasn't officially the queen of pop r&b, but then her single "Crazy in Love" blew up and suddenly there was no question who the most powerful woman in music was. I can't imagine you have any doubts about the song's success, but you may not truly appreciate how huge it was. Here's the resume: six Grammy nominations and two wins (for Best R&B Song and Best Rap/R&B Collaboration), twenty-seven weeks on the Hot 100, eight of those weeks at number one, fifteen weeks in the top ten and twenty-six weeks in the top fifty, a dominating feat that also propelled the album "Dangerously in Love" to number one. That's pretty much the definition of domination right there.

I'm a let you finish, I'm a let you finish, but "Single Ladies" was the greatest Beyonce song of all-time. (Sorry, couldn't resist). Kanye's imaginary interruption aside, he does raise a good imaginary point. From "Baby Boy" to the aforementioned "Single Ladies" there were certainly no shortage of Beyonce cuts for us to choose from, so why "Crazy in Love"? First, it was an absolute monster on the charts (see above). Second, at the time it was easily Beyonce's biggest hit, the track that propelled her from superstar to super-superstar. And third, the inclusion of her future husband Jay-Z makes it a testament to the strength of music's most powerful couple. Given all that, I frankly don't think any other Beyonce track can really even touch it.

Those impressive stats like that it's easy to forget just how good "Crazy in Love" is as a song, but take a listen to those horn blasts again, to that shaking percussion and tell me you don't feel like hitting the dance floor (yeah, even you super-hard "I'm too cool to dance" guy). Beyonce's unbelievable looks and dance moves didn't hurt, but "Crazy in Love" was a smash because it's a great song, and at the end of the day that's what matters the most.

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